With training camp just around the bend, one thing regarding the New York Giants is for sure: They are motivated.
After Big Blue's miraculous victory in Super Bowl XLII, Tom Coughlin was hard pressed to find a motivating message for the 2008 season.
After all, knocking off a previously unbeaten team in The Super Bowl can create quite a hangover.
Coughlin fared just fine though, as the general told his troops simply to turn the page, and they did just that, to the tune of an 11-1 start to the season.
Entering 2009, Coughlin and the Giants are singing a different tune.
"They need to think long and hard about the disappointment of January in terms of what we have created for ourselves and how badly we want to prioritize our 2009 season," were the words of Coughlin.
Brandon Jacobs offered up his view on the matter as well, saying "We have a very bad, bitter, disgusting taste. It hurts more than anything. We know how good we were last year and the opportunity we had in front of us. We did not take advantage of it the way we were supposed to."
Last year's loss to Philadelphia was not like playoff losses of the past though.
In the Giants' 2005 loss to Carolina and 2006 loss to Philadelphia, The Giants were severely out-manned and were decimated by injuries. Heck, Tiki Barber even thought the Giants were out-coached.
In 2008 though, The Giants were Goliath, and the Eagles were David.
Philly needed a Sunday of miracles in week 17 to even be in the playoffs. But they took advantage of their opportunity.
The Giants have now had plenty of time to reflect on what it feels like to play both the roles of David and Goliath.
With the veteran leadership of players like Brandon Jacobs, Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora, Eli Manning, and Antonio Pierce, Big Blue has plenty of players which the team can look to when the chips are down.
From week one through the postseason, 2008 will be on the Giants' mind.